About Ruben

Aviation reporter from The Netherlands. Main focus on North European-related issues.

F-35 makes big splash in The Netherlands


On June 1 we got our first look at the F-35A Lightning II during a Royal Netherlands Air Force press briefing. The aircraft recently made it’s premiere visit to The Netherlands and the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean from east to west. An Italian built aircraft had made the first altlantic crossing earlier flying from Cameri, Italy to Naval Air Station Patuxent River in the United States.

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ItAF 37° Stormo Starfighter

We’re back from a short vacation! This weeks update is an Italian F-104S from the 37° Stormo. If you’re a regular at this site you’ll know we love Starfighters. And we love the Italians because they had these beauties in active service up until 2004. Thanks gents!

F-104S M.M.6909


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We’ve added a Hellenic Air Force bird to our collection. The F-104 Starfighter 7151 had this special paint job to commemorate the 336th “Olympus” squadron’s 50th anniversary in 1992. Quite a sight. Enjoy!

F-104G 7151 Olympus


USAF Vipers!

After so many (oh so beautiful) Starfighter updates we thought it was time for a change of pace. This week we’re adding some USAF Vipers to our site. Enjoy! (On our Facebook page we’ve reported on ItAF Vipers to be added in the near future, follow us to get the latest updates!)

F-16C 870290 Florida ANG 93rd FS / 482nd FW

F-16C 880471 421st EFS / 388th FW Balad AB 2006

Luftwaffe JaBoG 32 and JaBoG 34 Starfighters

This week we turn to our German neighbours for the addition of two F-104G Starfighters. First up is s/n 20+62 with awesome Bavarian-style blue-white tail adorned with the coat-of-arms’ lion. Secondly is the grey-yellow-blue 22+55 with commemorative paint scheme, for the last flight of the Starfighter in JaBoG 34. Enjoy!


F-104G 683-2072 (20+62)

F-104G 683D-7135 (22+55)